Friday, September 11, 2009
Okay, so here's the deal. At the start of the summer, I downloaded the 9 weeks of Couch to 5K interval training MP3 program thinking to train while the weather was nice and get myself up to the point of running a 5k. Not sure what the confidence deal is, but something keeps getting in my way.
Thinking "Why bother?"
I never really wanted to be an "athlete" or anything
Why should I run if I'm not being chased?
Walking is just as good, all the sites say so.
You name it, I've said it to myself.
Regardless, just this past week since BLC started back up, I have been slowly nicking away at inching up how much of my 30 min on my treadmill I am jogging. We have SOOO very many pirates that run, I mean REALLY run in 5k's 10k's 1/2 marathons and marathons that here I am with this relatively fit and healthy body never really pushing it outside of what's comfortable just to keep it this way. And WHY NOT?! If they can do it, why shouldn't I be doing it?!
Here are the comments that have really done it for me:
Katie: walk/run as you can (there's no such thing as jogging -- it's really running. You're runners. Own it!) I just signed up for my first 10k in a little over a week -- eek!
Steph: We have a lot of amazing athletes on the Pirates team, and sometimes I feel as though my accomplishments are futile compared to what they can do. I did a 10K on Sunday, which was a big deal for me and I was so proud of myself for doing it...achievements are still achievements, no matter how small they are.
And Finally, this has been nagging at me for a week!!
Jackie: Way to go on the running Tracy!! I really think it's time you bite the bullet and register for a 5k...maybe something in late November/early December!!! Lots of time to build up but not too much time to blow it off!!! I know you can do it!!!
Well, tonight, I busted out the C25K MP3 WK 1 again and by the time I got done with that first session of week 1 (thinking I needed to start over from the beginning of the summer again), I was like: "That's it? seriously?" I thought my earbuds had come unplugged cause it just stopped. I didn't realize that my last walk cycle was supposed to be a cool down!
Get this, I had enough energy that I rewound and did the 2nd 1/2 again!!! How awesome is that??!!! BECAUSE I WANTED TO!!!! I was feeling good. I wasn't ready to stop running/walking yet. I WANTED to keep going! Who is this scary woman?
I feel like I might just want to see what week 2 is like next time!
So after that I did it. I decided to FINALLY take one of my favorite Pirates' advise and look into a local 5k. I found one 8 weeks from Saturday on Nov 7th and printed out the information and put it on my fridge. It's there, right there on the fridge.
That's as far as I am going right now. No, I haven't registered yet, but the deadline to do so isn't for weeks. I just want it on the fridge for now and hopefully I will feel confident enough in a couple weeks to call that phone number, pay the stupid $16 and see what kind of fool I can make of myself on NOV 7th.
Will this scary woman be around for more than 1 evening? I hope so. I might could get used to athleticism!!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
When I check in with my pirates, I feel inspired to push more, do more, be more, not settle, go for my best! Why? Because everyone else is working hard too darnit! What excuse could I possibly come up with for wimping out?!
I CAN do it!
I can change habits
I can be consistent
I can resist temptation
I can be an athlete
I can beat my own personal best
I can be a role model
I can stick it out ONE MORE TIME!
It's the grand opening of another BLC and I ALWAYS feel this renewed energy, direction, clear vision about the possibilities I can make into realities!
There's nothing quite like a fresh start, but I don't have to wait 12 weeks for it to happen. A fresh start happens everytime I choose it!
Someone once told me that just because you forgot to brush your teeth doesn't mean you give up on oral hygiene and never brush them again. You take the VERY NEXT OPPORTUNITY to brush them. Same goes. One bad choice does NOT have to equal a bad day. A bad moment does not need to mean "Wait till tomorrow and start over" I can start over RIGHT NOW, THIS SECOND, and I have with BLC 11!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Okay, so here's the deal, I am just gonna have to make sure I get my workouts in before I am allowed to spark. That's all there is to it.
If after I work all day, I come home and have to help finish up dinner preparations, review all 3 sets of homework, start the dishwasher, set up the coffee pot for tomorrow morning, feed the pets, then finally sit down to spark, I just DON'T seem to be able to get my tush in motion to work out after I have decompressed on spark. However, I have discovered that if all my little spark buddies can wait to hear from me (as if they are all waiting with baited breath), until after I am all drippy and humid with sweat from working out, I feel MUCH LESS guilt about sitting on here and catching up. SO that will be my goal this round. What a great reward, huh??!!! Get your sweat on, then you're allowed to get your spark on!!
I have been experimenting with the best time of day for me and truly the 7-8pm hour is best, after dinner, but before showers and bedtime. I have tried to get up earlier, but all I end up with is 60-90 minutes of terribly interrupted sleep as that stupid snooze keeps going off every 9 minutes. Of course soccer and such get in the way, but I'll adjust on those days like by going mobile and walking the soccer field while the boys play in the evening. Of course there will always be exceptions, parent/teacher nights, etc. but I figure I can probably make up for it on the weekends those few nights it just doesn't fit into the day.
Really glad that I spent the time to find what works best for me as it's me thats impacted. I think everyone has their own rhythm, the trick is finding it! Now there should be no excuses, right?!! LOL!!
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Okay, in looking back at my blogs, I realized that I really only post when my cup runneth over with angst, but things are really good right now and in the interest of balance, I thought I should capture a moment like this too!
I have a week off work and we have decided to spend time, energy and money on something we can enjoy for a LONG time! We are giving 3/4 of the rooms in our house a fresh coat of paint this week. Not only am I getting some much needed exercise and activity in, but I am going to be able to benefit from that exercise for years to come! The library and hallway, and both bathrooms got done in a marathon first day of painting yesterday, and they look great!! Today, it's onto 2 more hallways and the kitchen. Then later in the week each kiddo gets their bedroom coated too!
I have a whole week at home to focus on food while I get all this great exercise in and feel really great about not blowing our budget on a trip we can't afford to take. I LOVE to travel, and although I am a little saddened by our need for a staycation this year with DH out of work, I have to say that I feel like I have some really good perspective going on right now.
If it truly is all about balance, then I have to be willing and able to see when things are okay even MORE importantly than beating myself up when things aren't. Now, all I have to do is hold onto this balanced perspective and I will have a much smoother road to travel to my goal weight, right?!
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Today, I decided to just let it all hang out. To see what would happen if I tracked AFTER making all my food choices for the day. BIG mistake! This is what happens when I don't plan...
Breakfast at work started with a nice healthy glass of milk and fiber one bar, but the break room had one of those stupid little powder mini donuts calling my name. I heard it, ate it, then another called, then another, but I'm guessing these are like 50 calories a piece or so, so no biggy, I will just cut back at lunch, which by the way was catered today.
Cold cuts on rich soft chewy italian bread. Mind you I did fine on the sandwich, but should NOT have indulged in the macaroni salad that was so good I had to go back for seconds. I did all this KNOWING I was going out to dinner with DH to celebrate our one night of the year with no kids.
So we go to the Olive Garden, LOVE THAT PLACE! I know how much the salad bowl is, and have only 1 breadstick, but it's a special occassion, so I get a glass of white wine, too. Then I order grilled shrimp with angel hair pasta in some sauce or other. I'm thinking "great pick Tracy, grilled, not fried, (I avoided the breaded fried chicken parmesan), and angel hair has to be the skinniest pasta, so it must be lowest in calories, right?
Even with all my years of experience in dining out, I KNOW better than to start eating thinking I'll stop at the 1/2 way mark. I have GOT to put some of the entree on another plate, or box it up as my eyes ALWAYS deceive me. Well don't you know I ate the whole thing, and here's the worst part... that "single serving" was a 900 calorie dish!!! (3/4 of my calories for the day) and with the salad, breadstick and wine, I was actually up to 2000 calories without adding in breakfast and lunch! I don't know what got into me! (PMS?!)
Just goes to show you, no matter how long you might be doing this stuff, it pays to be vigilant and to have a plan! I will be paying for days for this one!...
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